Your Pregnancy MD

Second Trimester


Many of the discomforts of the first trimester of pregnancy should be easing up, including your morning sickness, mood swings, and fatigue. Although your bump isn’t that large yet and you probably don’t need maternity clothes, you may find that your favorite pair of jeans no longer fit. Some women find that baggy clothes and sweat pants are more comfortable now than their regular clothes.

At 14 weeks pregnant read about, mom's changes, exercising, constipation, weight gain and pregnancy week 14 health tips.

In addition to your expanding belly, at 14 weeks pregnant you might find yourself more eager than ever to exercise. Most women have much more energy at this time in their pregnancy to embark on a pregnancy exercise fitness program. Exercise will not only help you during labor and delivery, but it will help you feel better about your body before, during and after pregnancy.

At 15 weeks pregnant, your bump is getting more noticeable. Find out what pregnancy symptoms to expect, fetal development, and bladder infections.

Now is a wonderful time to start talking to your baby. Your little bundle of joy’s ears have developed to the point that he or she can hear some sounds from the outside world, such as their mama’s voice. Consider reading a book, or simply have a conversation with your baby about what you’re doing.

At 16 weeks pregnant, you might be able to feel baby's tiny movements. Find out what symptoms to expect at 16 weeks pregnant, fetal development, and the AFP blood test.

Congratulations, you are showing! By 16 weeks pregnant, it may be hard to hide your growing “bump” from the world. As your pregnancy continues, you will be amazed at how fast your belly grows. It won’t be long before you need to start shopping for maternity wear. Most women are feeling pretty good at now.

At 17 weeks pregnant, learn about fetal development, mom's changes, and symptoms to expect, such as stress, heartburn and carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you haven’t already, you will soon start to feel the tiny fluttering of your baby swimming in your uterus. Your baby is full of life in your womb – flipping, flopping, and doing somersaults! If you aren’t already feeling your baby’s movements, it won’t be too long now. Most pregnant women notice fetal movement between 16 and 22 weeks pregnant.

At 18 weeks pregnant you can feel baby move, find out the sex of your baby, and learn about your pregnancy symptoms, increase appetite and pregnancy weight gain.

You’re probably feeling pretty good this week. Your pregnancy symptoms at 18 weeks pregnant are usually mild, and not too bothersome. Your energy levels are higher than they were in the first trimester, and you may have also noticed an increased in libido. Vivid, crazy dreams are also normal now and throughout the second and third trimesters.

At 19 weeks pregnant, learn about, mom's changes, pregnancy symptoms, weight gain, traveling and using hot tubs.

Taking a hot bath when you’re pregnant is fine, as long as the water stays underneath 100 degrees Fahrenheit. A good rule of thumb is to dip your foot into the tub, and if it’s too hot to touch, you’ll want to turn on some cold water to cool it down. The water should be a comfortable level for you to soak in.

At 20 weeks pregnant, you are half way there! Learn about your baby's development, pregnancy symptoms, sleep problems, and ultrasounds in the second trimester.

At 20 weeks pregnant, you are definitely sporting your “baby bump.” For most women, there is no more hiding your pregnancy, even if you wanted to. You have reached your halfway mark – only 20 more weeks until your baby is born! Just keep in mind that only 5 percent of babies will be born on their actual due date.

At 21 weeks pregnant, your growing belly can lead to backaches. Read about other pregnancy symptoms to expect, plus exercise, stretch marks and fibroids.

By 21 weeks pregnant, many expectant moms have already felt their baby’s movements. In some cases, these movements may be strong enough for dad to share in the excitement. Let him place his hand on your belly, and let this be an opportunity for the two of you to bond over your impending arrival.

At 22 weeks pregnant, it's common to feel more forgetful. Learn about other pregnancy symptoms to expect, stretch marks and other skin changes, plus are cosmetics products safe.

At 22 weeks pregnant, everything is expanding on your body – from your belly to your breasts to your thighs and even your butt! In fact, don’t be surprised if strangers start to come up to you and want to touch your belly. Depending on the kind of person you are, you may welcome this attention or you may feel uncomfortable.

At 23 weeks pregnant, learn about crazy mood swings, Braxton Hicks contractions, premature birth and pregnancy symptoms.

Your baby has lots of room to move in your uterus, so his or her movements are probably quite strong. You probably will feel lots of flipping and flopping, and may even notice your stomach moving about! This is a wonderful experience, so cherish these moments.

At 24 weeks pregnant, your baby weighs an estimated 1.3 pounds! Learn about pregnancy symptoms to expect, mom's symptoms, and bonding with your baby while in the womb.

At first, when you feel your baby’s movements, they may seem random, even though your baby continues to move on a regular basis. If you start paying attention to when your baby moves, you will notice patterns of sleepiness and wakefulness. Believe it or not, but babies do sleep in the womb.

At 25 weeks pregnant, your belly is positively growing, baby weighs one and half pounds, and you are being screened for diabetes, plus you have sciatica pain.

At 25 weeks pregnant, you are positively glowing and in the prime of your pregnancy. You’ll be measuring bigger, but you’re not yet bulky. Your friends and family are probably showering you with plenty of attention. Embrace and love each minute of attention that’s being poured on you.

At 26 weeks pregnant, rib pain and headaches may start to plague you. Find out other pregnancy symptoms to expect; learn about pre-eclampsia

You’ve probably had family and friends guess if you are having a boy or girl, simply by looking at how you’re “carrying” your baby. According to the old wives’ tale, if you are “carrying high” you are pregnant with a girl. If you’re “carrying low” you’re going to have a boy..

At 27 weeks pregnant, learn about preterm labor, maternity leave, over-the-counter medicine safety, and mom's physical changes.

At 27 weeks pregnant, your second trimester is quickly coming to a close. You only have a week more until you are in your third trimester of pregnancy! As you approach this final mile marker, you may notice that some of your old pregnancy symptoms are coming back, such as fatigue!